Clinical Psychology

CPD courses

Clinical Psychology offers a variety of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses for people working in mental health and associated settings.

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CPD and option courses 

Courses that form the basis of MSc programmes may be taken as stand-alone courses. Participants can accumulate credits towards a postgraduate degree, such as the MSc Mental Health in Children and Young People: Psychological Approaches. This is an excellent option if you are not sure if you are ready for a whole programme of postgraduate study. Alternatively, a single course may be accessed which is relevant to your career. Students applying for CPD courses must meet the entrance requirements for the associated Masters programme.

CPD courses can be campus-based, or online and can be taken 'for academic credit', or 'not for academic credit'.


‘for academic credit’ route

CPD Students who take the course for academic credit attend course sessions and, in addition, need to complete and pass the course assessment/s.

CPD students who gain academic credit receive a Certificate of Completion, as well as an official University of Edinburgh transcript stating the credits gained.

Students may use this credit towards the award of a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits), a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) or an MSc (180 credits) as per the Universities Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy.


‘not for academic credit’ route

CPD students who take the ‘not for credit’ route, attend course session but do not complete any course assignments.

CPD students will receive a Certificate of Completion.

As no credits are awarded, this route cannot be used towards any future awards.


Online learning (OL) course options

Applied Developmental Psychopathology

Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): Context, Contributors & Clinical Presentation (Online)

The Assessment and Diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) (Online)

Advanced Case Formulation in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) (Online)

Research Methods in Applied Psychology

Social Inequality and Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Typical and Atypical Child Development (Online)

Blended learning course options

These courses combine campus-based or face-to-face teaching/workshops and online lectures

Online Therapy Skills for Mental Health Practitioners

Research Methods in Applied Psychology


Campus-based course options

Applied Developmental Psychopathology

Attachment, Wellbeing and Mental Health

Evidence-based Psychological Interventions

Fundamentals of CBT for Children and Young People*

Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) - Level A - delivered online in the academic year 2022-23

Parenting: Theory and Practice 

Typical and Atypical Child Development


Please contact the relevant teams below should you have any enquiries.

For Understanding Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FASD) and The Assessment and Diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, please contact

For Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Fundamentals of CBT for Children and Young People and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), please contact

For all other courses please contact